May 18, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21
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GEOG 2500 - Planning and the City

Cities are complex networks of transportation, housing, economic activity, social systems, infrastructure systems, natural features, and more. This course describes these networks and provides a broad introduction to cities and to the field of urban planning. Students explore the factors that have shaped the city, those that support the modern metropolis, and ideas that are inspiring the cities of the future. Students also analyze urban systems critically and become more informed consumers of their urban environment. The course draws on examples of innovative city planning in Ohio and throughout the world with a particular emphasis on communities seeking to craft livable and sustainable places.

Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe how cities impact people’s happiness, health, voice, and sense of community.
  • Describe the interrelationship between cities and their natural, social, and economic systems.
  • Describe the role of the planner, the planners place in city governance, and the basic tools and processes that planners employ to shape urban areas and urban development.
  • Explain what planning is and how it has shaped the urban environments that we see today.
  • Identify emerging issues in American cities, how cities are responding, and the potential of smaller cities and rust belt communities.
  • Recognize and identify the networks supporting modern cities and the evolution of those networks.

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